Time:2 - 3 Hours
You may not have thought of it before, but planning a visit to the botanical gardens for you and your partner is a very romantic date idea! Flowers have been a symbol of love and romance for milennia. In fact, a recent UK study on the science of attraction found that women are more likely to find a man attractive if they’re surrounded by beautiful flowers, as being in the same room with them often “softens a girl’s heart”.
Take advantage of the mood-lifting blooms and hold hands as you walk down flower and tree-lined paths, examine brand new flower species in the greenhouses and cuddle on a garden bench! With most botanical garden open year round, this is a date that can be planned anytime.
- Drinks and Snacks
- Sun Protection
- Reserve tickets. Most cities have their own botanical gardens and even if you live in the countryside, you should be able to find some nearby. Ticket prices range from free to moderate ($10 - $25) and there are often discounts available for couples, on weekdays, or during the winter. As with anything requiring tickets, check online discount and voucher sites, such as Groupon and Wowcher, for special deals! You may also want to book tickets for events, such as special showings, lectures, summers concerts or holiday lighting displays.
- Dress nicely and pack smartly. Wear comfortable footwear as you’ll be walking most of the time and dress in nice, weather-appropriate clothing. If you’re permitted to bring drinks and food into the gardens, pack some water or other beverages and a small snack for you and your partner. If it’s summertime, bring sun protection like sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat. Always bring extra money in case something comes up! If there are picnic or open grass areas, feel free to take a blanket along.
- Tour the gardens. This a quiet, intimate date spent strolling through beautiful garden and talking softly. Many botanical gardens feature “Romeo and Juliet” or other romantic floral displays or sculpture gardens for couples. Have fun exploring!
Cheaper than the average bouquet of roses and, if romance science can be believed, even more effective! Book this date today!